Dana Corporation Participates in NAFTA Public Meeting
Sep 15, 1998
OTTAWA, Ontario, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN), a leading global supplier of vehicular components, participated Monday in a public meeting held by the Canadian National Administrative Office (NAO). The NAO was established under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), a side-agreement to NAFTA, to ensure consultation and cooperation at a federal level among NAFTA members on labor legislation matters. The meeting concerned a petition submitted to the NAO by the Canadian Office of the United Steelworkers of America and over 40 concerned organizations from three NAFTA countries. The petitioners requested a review by the Canadian NAO of the enforcement of Mexican labor legislation. The allegations relate to occupational safety and health issues and conduct surrounding a union election at an Echlin plant in Mexico. Dana Corporation acquired Echlin in July of 1998, after the Canadian NAO process was initiated. In the short time since the acquisition, Dana has conducted a thorough review of the petition's allegations, through an internal task force and external independent consultants. The review uncovered many facts that contradict the allegations, particularly as these relate to health and safety considerations. The NAO proceedings ensure that the parties to NAFTA respect and enforce their respective labor laws. Dana is participating in the public meetings and related processes to provide the results of its internal and independent investigations and to provide any assistance required to the process. Further meetings on the petition are anticipated in the near future and Dana expects to present further information to assist the Canadian NAO. Dana Corporation enjoys an excellent international reputation, and is committed to meeting the highest standards of occupational health and safety and upholding the labor regulations of the countries in which it operates. "We maintain a commitment to the health and safety of our employees in all our facilities around the world," said Paul Teeple, Dana Canada's Vice President of Human Resources. "Dana is recognized as an outstanding employer and corporate citizen and we will live by that reputation." One of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicular, off- highway, and industrial manufacturers and their related aftermarkets, Dana Corporation produces components used on more than 95 percent of the world's 650 million motor vehicles. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates 270 major facilities in 33 countries and employs more than 79,000 people. The company had pro forma sales of US $11.9 billion in 1997. In Canada, Dana currently owns and operates 39 facilities, including those of the recently acquired Echlin Inc., employing more than 5,000 Canadians. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com.